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MLA 2011 joint "Cognitive Cultural Studies" sessions

Session 159 Cognitive Cultural Studies: Cognitive Approaches in Dialogue with Other Approaches

Background materials: Lisa Zunshine, "What is Cognitive Cultural Studies?" pdf

Thursday, 6 January 5:15-6:30 p.m. Plaza I, J. W. Marriott

Presiding: Lisa Zunshine, Univ. of Kentucky

1. Mary Thomas Crane, Boston Coll.

"Is Cognitive Historicism Possible?" abstract, longer version of the paper in Introduction to Cognitive Cultural Studies

Background materials: "Surface, Depth, and the Spatial Imaginary: A Cognitive Reading of The Political Unconscious" in Representations, Shakespeare's Brain: Reading with Cognitive Theory on Princeton UP website

2. Suzanne Parker Keen, Washington and Lee Univ.

"The Place of Narrative Empathy in Cognitive Postcolonial Studies" abstract

Background materials: Empathy and the Novel on Google Books, "A Theory of Narrative Empathy" in Narrative

3. Patrick Colm Hogan, Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs

"Being Moved: Cognition and Emotion in Literature and Film." New title: "Cognition and Emotion in Literature and Film, or "Is Cultural Study Possible Without Cognitive Neuroscience?" abstract, full paper

4. Blakey Vermeule, Stanford Univ.

"Machiavellian Narratives"

Background materials: Why Do We Care About Literary Characters?

Session 578
Cognitive Cultural Studies: Theory and Practice

Saturday, 8 January 3:30-4:45 p.m. Platinum Salon C, J. W. Marriott

Presiding: Nancy Lincoln Easterlin

1. Alan Palmer, London, England

"Constructing Social Minds in Novels: Perspectives from Cognitive Narratology" abstract

Background materials: Fictional Minds on the University of Nebraska Press website, Social Minds in the Novel on the Ohio State UP website

2. Jonathan Brody Kramnick, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick

"Against Literary Darwinism" abstract; longer version of the paper in Critical Inquiry

Background materials: Actions and Objects from Hobbes to Richardson

3. Michael Holquist, Yale Univ.

"Super Reading: Philology in the Laboratory"

Background materials: The Yale-Haskins Teagle Collegium

4. Nancy Lincoln Easterlin, Univ. of New Orleans

"Out of the Woods: Finding Our Way toward a Cognitive Ecocriticism" abstract

Background materials: "Voyages in the Verbal Universe: The Role of Speculation in Darwinian Literary Criticism" in Interdisciplinary Literary Studies

Selected Bibliography:

Abbott, Porter. “Narrative and Emergent Behavior.” Poetics Today 29.2 (2008), 227-44
Aldama, Frederick Luis, ed. Toward a Theory of Narrative Acts. University of Texas Press, 2010
Crane, Mary Thomas. Shakespeare's Brain: Reading with Cognitive Theory. Princeton University Press, 2001
-----. “Surface, Depth, and the Spatial Imaginary: A Cognitive Reading of The Political Unconscious.” Representations (Fall 2009): 76–97
Easterlin, Nancy. "Voyages in the Verbal Universe: The Role of Speculation in Darwinian Literary Criticism."  Interdisciplinary Literary Studies 2.2 (2001): 59-73
Esrock, Ellen J.. The Reader’s Eye: Visual Imaging as Reader Response. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994
Grosz, Elizabeth. Time Travels: Feminism, Nature, Power. Duke University Press, 2005
Hart, F. Elizabeth. “The Epistemology of Cognitive Literary Studies.” Philosophy and Literature 25 (2001): 314-34
Herman, David. Story Logic: Problems and Possibilities of Narrative. University of Nebraska Press, 2002
-----, ed. Narrative Theory and the Cognitive Sciences. Publications of the Center for the Study of the Language and Information (Stanford), 2003
Hogan, Patrick Colm. The Mind and Its Stories: Narrative Universals and Human Emotion. Cambridge University Press, 2003
-----. Understanding Nationalism: On Narrative, Neuroscience, and Identity. Ohio State University Press, 2009.
Keen, Suzanne. Empathy and the Novel. Oxford University Press, 2007
Kramnick, Jonathan. "Some Thoughts on Print Culture and the Emotions," The Eighteenth-Century: Theory and Interpretation 50.1 (2010): 263-267
Palmer, Alan. Fictional Minds. University of Nebraska Press, 2004
----. Social Minds in the Novel. Ohio State University Press, 2010
Persson, Per. Understanding Cinema: A Psychological Theory of Moving Imagery. Cambridge University Press, 2003
Richardson, Alan. British Romanticism and the Science of the Mind. Cambridge University Press, 2001
-----. The Neural Sublime: Cognitive Theories and Romantic Texts. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.
Richardson, Alan and Ellen Spolsky, eds. The Work of Fiction: Cognition, Culture, and Complexity. Ashgate, 2004
Scarry, Elaine. Dreaming by the Book. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999
Spolsky, Ellen. Gaps in Nature: Literary Interpretation and the Modular Mind. State University of New York Press,1993
-----. Satisfying Skepticism: Embodied Knowledge in the Early Modern World. Ashgate, 2001
-----. Word vs Image: Cognitive Hunger in Shakespeare's England. Palgrave Macmillan, 2007
Starr, Gabrielle. “Poetic Subjects and Grecian Urns: Close Reading and the Tools of Cognitive Science.” Modern Philology 105.1 (2007): 48-61
Vermeule, Blakey. The Party of Humanity: Writing Moral Psychology in Eighteenth-Century Britain. 2001
-----. Why Do We Care About Fictional Characters? Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010
Zunshine, Lisa. Why We Read Fiction: Theory of Mind and the Novel. The Ohio State University Press, 2006
----. Strange Concepts and the Stories They Make Possible: Cognition, Culture, Narrative. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008
----, ed. Introduction to Cognitive Cultural Studies. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010